Fill in the Blank

“You’re prettier than your picture,” he says.
She answers, “Not really. My nose is too….”
I strain to hear how she finishes, but they’ve
tilted away from me. In a glimpse I take in two
young teens, and arcs of lives barely started.
She’s girl-next-door pretty and will break
hearts. “My nose is too….”–fill in the blank,
it doesn’t matter. She isn’t listening; already,
I fear for her broken heart. I want to tell her
“Listen to your heart”; I want her to know
someone will love her for her, will love
her nose just the way it is.

Andrew Shattuck McBride


“Fill in the Blank” is my August 14th poem for the postcard poem project. I used an antique card titled “Mount Baker and Mount Constitution [Washington].” The photo is taken of Mount Baker from Mount Constitution, so I added “Baker’s in the distance.” I mailed the card to Janeen R. of Marquette, Michigan.

Blessings to Janeen and all, Andy

Hey, we’re nearly halfway through this month of postcard poems! Yaayyy!

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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